RELIVING THE DAYS OF STEAM


| May/June 1981



Case touring car

Stanton behind the wheel of Bob Ruedy's 1912 Case touring car.

We thank Ronald L. Scott for permission to reprint the following article which he wrote for the fourth quarter, 1980 edition of 'Case Mark,' a quarterly publication for the JI Case Company. The photographs are his also. Ron is manager of Employee Communication for the company, and editor of 'Case Mark.'

It was late morning on a hot, sunny July day, when Gaylord Stanton and his wife Laverta arrived at the Pawnee, Oklahoma fairgrounds. The temperature was already in the 90s and moving toward 100. Stanton is a 14-year Case employee and a CE Service Representative, whose territory covers most of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and West Texas. He was making his annual pilgrimage to Pawnee because it was the last weekend in July, and that's when the Oklahoma Steam Threshing Association holds its steam and gas engine show.

As the owner of some 30 antique gas tractors, Stanton usually brings to the show one or two machines from his collection, perhaps a 1915 Case 10-20 or an unusual articulated 1917 Moline-Universal. But this year, the press of work and travel around his territory kept him from getting the units in shape and loaded on a flatbed trailer in time to move them from his home in Okemah, 150 miles from Pawnee.

But whether they have equipment on display at the show or not, the Stantons wouldn't miss this event. It's not the largest old-time equipment show in the United States, but few are staged with more enthusiasm or love of the past than the one in Pawnee.

Entering the fairgrounds, Gaylord and Laverta greet other members of the steam threshing association and their families. Although the association has 75 members from all over Oklahoma and surrounding states, there is a genuine warmth and interest in each other's activities since the last meeting.

Of special importance to Gaylord is any news of Case automobiles or parts for sale. In a large steel building at home he has a pile of body parts, frames, and engines for three 1915 Case touring cars, but not yet enough to put any one of them together.